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Is Israel failing the Diaspora?

Is Israel failing the Diaspora? The COVID-19 crisis demands a re-evaluation of what it means to be “one Jewish community.” Help and solidarity cannot—and must not—be a one-way street. Oped by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander  (May 10, 2020 / JNS) On Monday evening, May 4, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before the television cameras and announced that …

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The Role of Rabbis in Preventing Domestic Violence

The Role of Rabbis in Preventing Domestic Violence Ohr Torah Stone educational institutes conducted a session with its emissaries around the world. Dr. Shlomit Lehman: “Isolation increases incidents of violence and the rabbi, as a mediator, can help reduce tension.” Artuz Sheva | April 24th, 2020  Some 90 of Ohr Torah Stone’s management personnel and …

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Judaism through Zoom: Emissaries in the Diaspora Prepare for Pesach

Judaism through Zoom: Emissaries in the Diaspora Prepare for Pesach Straus-Amiel emissaries to Jewish congregations throughout the world cope with current challenges and struggle to continue Jewish life even during the Corona epidemic Orly Harrari | April 8, 2020 Candle-lighting through Zoom, distributing mezuzot to homes of community members, and online lessons in preparation for …

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No Mohel, No Brit

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No Mohel, No Brit: the child is nearly a month old and still has no name All borders are closed and many Jewish communities around the world find themselves without a mohel, as not every country has one. Rabbi Zvi Herberger’s son – almost a month old – is still waiting to be named. He …

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Rabbi Brander shares with Nachum Segal how OTS is dealing with the pandemic

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Nachum Segal welcomed  President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, to JM in the AM for an update on how OTS emissaries around the world are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

The ultimate concern is to take care of the living

The ultimate concern is to take care of the living Head of the Israeli Ohr Torah Stone network Rabbi Kenneth Brander states unequivocally that fighting the virus is more important than Jewish funeral rites Nathan Jeffay | March 29, 2020 A leading Orthodox rabbi rules that Jewish communities in Europe should embrace cremation if their …

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Concern in Jewish Communities: Bodies of Corona Patients may Require Cremation

Concern in Jewish Communities: Bodies of Corona Patients may Require Cremation Rabbis in the Diaspora are facing a new threat, as more and more countries ban traditional burial of Corona victims. The Rabbi of Venice clarifies that if cremation is decreed – it must be obeyed: “Communities have not had to cope with such sensitive …

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NSN speaks to Rabbi Brander about tonight’s OTS Graduation

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Nachum Segal welcomed  President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone, Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, to JM in the AM for an update on tonight’s graduation ceremony in which 62 degrees will be granted to 57 graduates of our rabbinical seminary and emissary programs. The event will also mark an important milestone: the graduation of the …

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Israel is helping solve the global shortage of educators and rabbis

Israel is helping solve the global shortage of educators and rabbis Ohr Torah Stone’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel programs are celebrating the 20th anniversary of sending well-trained, creative and motivated educators and rabbis to serve Jewish communities throughout the world. Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander | May 15, 2019 (May 15, 2019 / JNS) Small- and medium-sized Jewish communities around …

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“In Europe, antisemitism is in the air”

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“In Europe, antisemitism is in the air, and we have no idea what to expect in future” These are the words of French journalist Richard Darmon, who spoke with Ohr Torah Stone emissaries in Europe this week. OTS President: “In the very same place where Jewish holy books were burned, we are writing a new …

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Talking about Jewish values in Cancun

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Talking about Jewish values in Cancun Israeli educators from Ohr Torah Stone to Bergen County meet with peers to discuss best practices By Abigail Klein Leichman | February 28, 2019 An Israeli couple who arrived in Englewood in August and have been working as youth directors at Englewood’s East Hill Synagogue and as educators at Ben …

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Tackling Critical Issues: Regional Conference for OTS Shlichim in Cancun

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42 Emissaries from the Americas Tackle Critical Issues Affecting Diaspora Communities at Ohr Torah Stone Conference CANCUN, Mexico – Ohr Torah Stone’s Beren-Amiel and Straus-Amiel emissary training programs brought together 42 of its North, Central and South American emissaries here to address ways to tackle critical issues affecting mainly smaller Diaspora Jewish communities. There was …

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